Armed gang who slaughtered DPD worker in chilling 'public execution' were in UK illegally

Aurman Singh
-Credit: (Image: West Mercia Police)


An armed gang were in the UK illegally when they slaughtered a DPD worker in the street.

Aurman Singh, was working when he was brutally murdered by masked thugs in a violent attack that lasted 'seconds'. The 23-year-old was so badly wounded his brain was left 'exposed' by the time the thugs fled the scene in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, reports Birmingham Live.

A total of five men were jailed for more than 120 years in connection with his killing earlier this year. The killers had come to live in the UK after arriving from Punjab, India, in the years before the killing.

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However it has now been revealed they were in the UK illegally, at the time of the killing, after their visas had expired.

West Mercia Police confirmed that four of the defendants are believed to be 'overstayers'. This includes Arshdeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Shivdeep Singh, and Manjot Singh, who were all jailed for life with minimum terms of 28 years.

The gang could now be deported and told to serve their life sentences in India. A fifth killer, Sukhmandeep Singh, was in the UK legally.

He was jailed for 10 years after being acquitted of murder but unanimously convicted of manslaughter. Prosecutors branded him the 'inside man' after he tipped off his accomplices, handing over information on Aurman's whereabouts.

(Top left to right) Arshdeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh; (bottom left to right) Manjot Singh, Shivdeep Singh, Sukhmandeep Singh
(Top left to right) Arshdeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh; (bottom left to right) Manjot Singh, Shivdeep Singh, Sukhmandeep Singh -Credit:West Mercia Police

A trial at Stafford Crown Court heard how the killers drove from the Black Country to Shrewsbury, where they 'lay in wait' for their victim. Aurman's colleague had pulled up in Berwick Avenue, leaving the van to deliver a parcel in the street.

He spotted the masked thugs rushing towards the van and called out to his colleague to 'run'. But they caught up with Aurman, hacking him to death in the street and leaving him bleeding out.

Weapons wielded included an axe, golf club, wooden stave, metal bar, hockey stick, shovel, knife and cricket bat. Judge Kristina Montgomery previously branded the murder a 'very public execution'.

Jurors returned these verdicts:

  • Arshdeep Singh, 24, of Shaw Road, Tipton, was unanimously convicted of murder

  • Jagdeep Singh, 23, of Goodrich Mews, Dudley, was unanimously convicted of murder

  • Shivdeep Singh, 27, of Greenfield Road, Smethwick, was unanimously convicted of murder

  • Manjot Singh, 24, of Greenfield Road, Smethwick, was unanimously convicted of murder

  • Sukhmandeep Singh, 25, Greenfield Road, Smethwick, was acquitted of murder but unanimously convicted of manslaughter

The Home Secretary has a duty to make a deportation order for non-British or Irish citizens convicted of an offence in the UK and sentenced to at least 12 months' imprisonment - unless certain exceptions apply. The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

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